Legislative elections in Tunisia.. low turnout and results Monday

The head of the Tunisian High Authority for Elections, Farouk Bouaskar, said that the preliminary results of the legislative elections that took place on Saturday will be announced on Monday.

Bouaskar had said that more than 800,000 voters cast their ballots two hours before polling stations closed, with a turnout rate of more than eight percent.

The polling stations closed their doors pending the results of the competition of 1,58 candidates for 161 seats in the House of Representatives, including 122 women.

The voting process lasted 10 hours. 3 hours before polling stations closed, the number of voters who cast their ballots reached 656,000, according to what was announced by the head of the Supreme Elections Commission, Farouk Bouaskar. A source from the commission at the time suggested that the number of voters would reach one million.

More than 9 million voters were invited to the polls to choose their representatives in the next legislative authority from among 1058 candidates, while voting abroad began since Thursday, with limited turnout.

In a tour of a number of polling stations in the capital, Tunis, Al-Arabiya.net monitored a limited turnout of voters, mostly elderly and men, while the participation rate of young people and women was weak, despite the large number of competing candidates, amid expectations that the participation rate will increase during the period. evening.

The voter, Muhammad Ali Al-Zawari, invited all voters to go to the polling stations near them before they close in order to do their duty and choose who represents them in Parliament and who defends their rights, adding in a statement to Al-Arabiya.net that “the next parliament will not have great powers, but He will have a role in public affairs and an impact on the country’s future.”

In the same context, some observers supervising the election process revealed that some irregularities were monitored and attempts to buy off people and influence voters in some polling stations were recorded.

The president was Qais Saeed He called on Tunisians to vote massively In these elections, and not to miss this opportunity “in order to make a new history and block those who plundered the country.”

These elections are conducted according to A new electoral law issued by President Qais Said in mid-September, instead of the electoral law of 2014, the number of seats in Parliament will be reduced to 161, according to which Tunisians will choose their candidates on an individual basis instead of choosing one party list, which the opposition rejects and considers that it gives less role to the parties and reduces their political representation.

And the parliament that will be elected today will have limited powers, According to the new constitution, which was approved by a popular referendum on July 25, and grants greater and broader powers to the President of the Republic.

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